Eric Dubois — a digital sketchbook

i.f. — Eighties

Rubik's cube

My second Illustration Friday entry. This week’s theme is “Eighties” ans somehow the Rubik’s cube has become the icon for the decade. I originally had a fully solved cube (see below) but I decided it was more realistic to have a half-solved cube. Modelled and rendered in Carrara.

Rubik's cube — solved Rubik's cube — easy model

Here is the solved cube and a new easy-to-use model for the Rubik-impaired. The half finished version is where I gave up most of the time, so that’s the one I chose to represent. Plus it’s more colorful!


  1. Julia Kelly says

    That IS the 80’s! Those cubes- they would come out of pockets on the bus or in the back of the class- never was very good at them!

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  2. Marion says

    Can imagine that you think of the 80’s. Although I do think posting a photo in an illustration group or site is not appropriate.
    [Edit] This is not a photo, it’s an illustration. Thanks for the compliment. –Eric

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  3. Pati @-;-- says


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  4. chippamunkey says

    Awesome Illustration! I am a rubik’s nut. I noticed that you were about half way through solving it. At least that is the way I solve it, the really long old school way! I am sorta geeky, but just wondering if that was your intention or you just illustrated it that way for fun.

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  5. Marion says

    I think that your a real Carrera man…I cannot see the difference between this 3D
    or a photo I must say;-o

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  6. Lisa says

    Wow! That’s incredible. The Rubik’s cube was something that my younger brother used to taunt me with because he could solve it and I couldn’t!

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  7. Larry Lee says

    WOW!! I too thought ‘photo’ when I saw this. Then read that you rendered it. Fantastic! I found the easiest way to solve it was to pry one of the inside edges off , take it apart and reassemble it. Besides i HAD to know how it worked.

    January 14th, 2007 | #

  8. Francisco says

    Amazing, I am still trying to solve mine!

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  9. Michelle Lana says

    of course!!! I remember as a kid trying my best to finish the rubiks….great memories!

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  10. Grim Squeaker says

    Wow! Very convincing render – obviously as the guy above thought it was a photograph! Great attention to light and detail. You had me fooled for a while!

    Jillian S.

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  11. nadine says

    I was so young but I solved them in a very short time,….obviously I did cheat a bit :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: c’est si facile de decoller ces petits carrés:grin:

    great pics!!!

    January 15th, 2007 | #

  12. jeannette says

    wow, i thought it was a photo, too. great job!

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  13. H e l e n a says

    OMG! 😯

    Yoda! Totally the force is with you my dear! Well done!

    January 15th, 2007 | #

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